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Protecting London's strategic views

Find out how the London Plan protects some of London's key views, from parks and public spaces to key buildings and urban landscapes.

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“It is important that we find a way of ensuring that new development fits with our built heritage so that London continues to be a desirable place to live, work and do business” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

There are some key views across the capital, from parks and other well-used public spaces that take in important buildings or urban landscapes that help define London. The London Plan protects these and provides the basis for more detailed guidance on each view. This is called the London View Management Framework.

London View Management Framework SPG March 2012

The London View Management Framework is a key part of the Mayor's strategy to preserve London's character and built heritage. It explains the policy framework for managing the impact of development on key panoramas, river prospects and townscape views.

A draft London View Management Framework SPG was consulted upon between July and October 2011 with a further consultation on view 27 Parliament Square to the Palace of Westminster in January 2012.  Taking into account the representations received as part of the consultation a final LVMF SPG March 2012 is now published.  The Statement of Consultation is available to download below.

The London View Management Framework SPG March 2012 is available in PDF and RTF (text only) files. Because of the size of the PDF document, it is available to download in three parts.

High-resolution PDF files for the 27 Management Plans and Appendix D are also available.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has issued Directions in relation to 13 Protected Vistas. The Directions place additional consultation and referral requirements on development that exceeds the threshold plane of Protected Vistas.  These are available to download.

Printed copies of the SPG are available to purchase. If you would like to order a copy please fill in the order form linked below and email it to or send it to:

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